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yesterday that focused on the debt ceiling in terms of the possibility of obligations, ur obligations all emanating from congressional actions. we cannot continue on this dangerous path. hopefully this hearing will serve a constructive opportunity to embrace a different path. i yield back. >> thank you so much, mr. levin. again,s this my pleasure to welcome secretary jack lew back to the committee on ways and means. we look forward to your testimony. the committee received your written statement t will be made part of the formal record and secretary lew, you're recognized for five minutes. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman and thank you, mr. chairman, ranking member levin for your gracious welcome here today. it's an honor to appear and present the president's budget for next year. i sit here as chairman noted surrounded by four decades of memories of many important occasions when bipartisan cooperation has moved the country forward in the best interest of the american people. i sit here today looking forward to continuing in that tradition this year and in my current role. our economy
for a debt ceiling piece of legislation that would be considered. i would hope, as i said last week, that we could deal with in a nonpartisan, bipartisan, nonpolitical fashion the protection of the credit worthiness of the united states of america and to the maintenance of america's credit rating. it was reduced for the first time in history when we had a debt cliff debate in 2011, and we were reduced by one point in the credit worthiness of our country. that was unfortunate for our country. president reagan said in 1986, unfortunately congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. this brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on veterans' benefits, interest rates, etc., would skyrocket if we did that. he was then urging the democratic congress and republicans to support the increase in the debt, which as you know, was done. in addition, keith hennessey who was george bush's national director counsel, payment prioritization doesn't stop payments, it just delays them. then the party sues the government and
approaches the debt ceiling to say, how are we going to tell the people that we are going to pay off the debt that we've now gone ahead and incurred? and i think a little bit of forethought here, planning into the future, how we're going to pay the bills is the emphasis. and i've always agreed, as the gentleman said, the debt ceiling is something that is necessary for the operations of government. we'll bring a bill forward that will ensure that we don't go into default, but i do think that we should be mindful of how we're going to tell the public we're going to go in the future and pay off these debts. because as the gentleman has many children and grandchildren, he doesn't want his kids nor do i want mine to be shouldering the debt and paying our bills. we should be really committing ourselves not to just borrowing more, not to just taking more from taxpayer dollars because we've done a lot of that this year already. the gentleman talks about the need to proceed with revenues. we already have close to $650 billion i of additional static revenues, taxes that are accounted for because of the
me they are ready. >> on the debt ceiling, how do you see it playing out? you want it todo play out? >> the house is going to move a bill to give the treasury the ability to make interest payments, to make social security payments, in some particular fashion. our ur goal here is to put spending on a sustainable path. it isn't to default on our debt. the goal is to cut spending. i've made clear that until we get spending cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget in the next 10 years we're going to have fights. >> are you willing to have it turn out in 2011 again, to get to that level of suspense? >> i spent two and half years focused on this one issue in a big way. i think most you have understand my point to get this government to deal honestly with the spending problem. i've watched this government kick the can down the road and kick the can down the road. i swore to myself they would not do it and i'm not. briefing hner earlier. nancy pelosi had a briefing as well. >> tomorrow marks the 100th day of the 113th congress. i believe for the first 100 days he republ
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